What's trash?

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You are fluffing a guest room and there are empty bottles on the nightstands and side tables. Throw them out? Assume guest may be refilling for the next day?

Guest throws unopened bags of snacks in trash but then puts trash can up out of reach of pet or small child. Trash or storage bin?

Guest also puts boxes of pizza up out of way. Trash or lunch?

How the heck am I supposed to know what to throw out? The 'trash' is on every surface and the trash can had what looks like 'good stuff' in it!

What's your general criteria for tossing stuff? I usually don't throw out anything that is not either in the trash or stacked up beside the trash can.

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Madeleine wrote:

What's your general criteria for tossing stuff? I usually don't throw out anything that is not either in the trash or stacked up beside the trash can.

That's our rule too.

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 yuck. ordinarily i'd empty their wastebasket(s) but if it looks like edible unopened snacks in there ... i guess i'd have to leave it til they check out. not a fun way to fluff!! i suppose you could approach them when they are there and ask if they have anything to dispose of to put it in this BIG bag and give them one of those contractor bags.  sounds like they are doing a lot of eating in the room.

i never liked clearing out partially full wine bottles. had to dump the wine (what a smell) and then rinse and put the bottles in the recycling. plus an inch or so of sour wine in wine glasses around the room. beer, too. blah. one room was so bad for a four night stay i would go in with a plastic tub just for the bottles and glasses. 

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Happens all the time, especially with newspapers and bottles.  I don't touch them unless they are in or on or on the floor next to the trash basket. But I DO empty the trash every day, and I do not look to see what might be in it....ewwww.  If the trash container was moved, I would empty it and put it back where it belongs.  If they need a storage container all they have to do is ask.

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I went to empty it but realized it was all unopened stuff. I guess I need to put a dresser in this room!

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Some times those inexpensive "dressers" that are basically shelves with baskets do the trick.  I used on in the fancy suite and I am always amazed at what guests use it for.  They are small, narrow, and attractive and won't break the bank.  I had a piece of glass cut for the top...the glass cost as much as the unit!  LOL

Madeleine's picture
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Saw a really cool dresser at Home Goods yesterday. Built like an old trunk. I might get that.

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They will put luggage on a trunk.  Once the suitcase is on top, there will be no surface for stuff.  Your call.

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There will already be stuff on top... Coasters, welcome info, that sort of thing. It's too tall to toss a suitcase on given what I've seen of guests trying to even carry little bags up the stairs.

It'll be gone by the time I get back there anyway.

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I don't touch it unless it's in the trash cans. If they've put unopened snacks in the trash can I'll take it out. I probably wouldn't get rid of until until they left though, just in case.

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Unless the empties are near a trash receptacle, I don't touch them. Guest could be refilling them. Honestly, at that point, I would simply ask them. We've had them store things on the ledge, between windows. Even a glass that has liquid in it, we won't touch because it could be vodka.

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How old is the pizza? 

Just kidding.  I would likely toss the empties and not toss a full, unopened snack. 

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